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Last Chance for Annual Fund 2007-08: The Hackley Alumni Association will match your gift from now through June 30. Giving comes from the heart. Please think about what moves you at Hackley and make a gift this year for that purpose. Perhaps you want to memorialize our beloved teacher Walter Schneller, honor another teacher or alumnus/a, or simply make a gift for another purpose close to your heart. Our fiscal year ends on Monday, June 30, 2008. If you haven’t contributed to Annual Fund since July 1, 2007, please consider supporting your alma mater. You can make a secure donation on-line. Your Alumni Association has set a goal of 27% participation – we need your support to reach this goal.

Alumni Day 2008 is scheduled for Saturday, October 18, 2008. If your class year ends with a “3” or “8,” your class will celebrate a special reunion on October 18th. All special reunion classes have a reunion committee in place. To volunteer or for questions, please email

Alumni Association Summer BBQ & Games: The Hackley Alumni Association invites you to an evening of BBQ & Games on campus, Thursday, July 17, 2008, beginning at 5 p.m. Details to folow. To RSVP, please email

Alumni/ae in the News

Mike Whalen ’70 and Tom Lee ’70: In conjunction with Armed Forces Entertainment, Mike Whalen ’70, Chairman and CEO of Morale Entertainment, recently organized an NCAA Football Coaches tour visiting U.S. Troops in the Middle East. Billed as the first event of its kind, five legendary college football coaches called the plays from the sidelines in the Middle East while hosting flag football games and meet-n-greets for U.S. military personnel. Mike was assisted on the logistical side by friend, classmate and business partner Tom Lee ’70. For coverage of the tour visit click here.

Elisa Pugliese '89 has produced two films that are premiering in July.  August,, premieres in limited release on July 11 at the City Cinemas Village East in New York.  It follows Tom Sterling (Josh Hartnett) as an aggressive, young dot-com entrepreneur who fights to keep his start-up company afloat.  American Teen,, opens in wide release on July 25th.  Remember the hormones, horrors and heartbreak of high school?  An engrossing look at the guts and glory of senior year, American Teen is a candid, intimate look into the lives of four teenagers in suburban Indiana.

Cheryl Wong ’99 just won the Northern Regional Olympic Qualifier in wrestling at Waterloo, Iowa at the 51kgs weight class to qualify for the Olympic Team Trials in Las Vegas on June 13-15, 2008. Cheryl was hit by a Boston Trolley/Subway car in 2003. Her lung collapsed and she was hospitalized for two weeks. Later that year, she placed 4th at Senior Women's Freestyle Nationals at 51kgs to qualify to compete at the Olympic Team Trials.

Scott Mebus ’92 released his first book for young adults this spring, Gods of Manhattan. One reviewer noted, “The use of real historical figures and events lends authenticity to this compulsively readable and fast-paced fantasy.” Scott is the author of two other books, Booty Nomad and The Big Happy and has worked as a producer and director in television (for MTV and VH1). He also writes and performs for theater.

Morgan Lathrop ’05: Northwestern University, with alum Morgan Lathrop ’05 as the goalie, won their fourth straight NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship in May, 2008 with a 10-6 win over U Penn. Morgan was named to the All-Tournament team!
Job Opportunities

New Mentor Program:
We are installing a new career and mentoring package on the Hackley website. We are hoping this tool will help build mentoring relationships between alumni/ae by facilitating professional connections. Alumni/ae who register as mentors can share information about their education, profession or industry with other mentors and "mentees" in our new program. If you’re interested in signing up, or would like more information, please email Haleh Wolfe.

Young Alumni: Camp Morty, a sleep away camp for children in foster care, seeks summer staff at its beautiful 1,053 acre camp. If you’re interested, please contact Jeff Main at 914-864-7051 or
Event Round-up

The Black Alumni Council hosted the School’s Unity students at a BBQ on campus on Thursday, May 15, 2008. 12 alumni joined Walter Johnson and over 30 faculty and students to discuss life at Hackley and beyond, and to celebrate the upcoming graduation of Unity’s seniors. Alumni attending the event included Malcolm Mooney ’62, Hackley’s first African American graduate, as well as BAC co-chairs, Roland Foster ’82 and Michael Thomas ’85. Thank you to the Class of 2006 for donating the BBQ pit, which we enjoyed using.

Spring Fling: The Alumni Office hosted the School’s young alumni at Mannahatta, on the Bowery in NYC, on May 21, 2008. Over 50 young alumni attended from the Classes of 1998 to 2004.

Campus Life

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2008, who enjoyed a memorable Commencement with Ali Partovi ’90 and Hadi Partovi ’90 as commencement speakers. Samantha Miller ’98 also returned to the Hilltop as the Cum Laude speaker. The Hackley Alumni Association warmly welcomes the members of the Class of 2008 to its membership of nearly 4,000 alumni.

Hackley Varsity Girls Lacrosse won the state championship! article: NYSAIS girls lacrosse: Hackley claims fourth title in a row. Check out the MaxPreps stats here.

Congrats to Coach Puente! On Friday, April 19th, girls varsity softball coach Julianne Puente ’91 got her 150th win. She is in her 13th season as coach and has an overall record of 150 – 67. Her teams have won two Ivy League Championships and one Private School State Championship. Julianne is a Hackley Class of ’91 graduate and went on to play varsity softball at Cornell, were she was a four year starter at shortstop. Go Hack! (See a Journal News video of an interview with Julianne.)

Our incoming Ford Foundation Fellow next year will be Katherine Chen, Amherst '08, who double majored in English and Political Science. The Edward E. Ford Foundation helps fund Hackley’s innovative faculty recruitment program designed to attract well-qualified teachers from historically underrepresented groups. She will be assigned a faculty mentor to assist with the transition to the classroom and to help navigate Hackley life. She will meet regularly with the Andy King, Upper School Director throughout her Hackley tenure. The Hackley community matched the E.E. Ford Foundation’s $50,000 grant, funding seven years of this teaching fellows program.

Hackley Student’s Win Young Naturalist Honors: Hackley had one finalist and five semi-finalists in the American Museum of Natural History's annual national contest, the Young Naturalist Awards.   This research-based essay contest for grades 7-12 had a theme of "Scientific Discovery Begins with Expeditions!" Our winning topics were:  “Affects of Road on Wildlife,” “Global Warming,” “An Observational Study of the Different Species Present in my Local Deciduous Forest,” “Behavior of African Cichlids,” “Bird Watching” and “Leaf Packs.”

Hackley junior Rachel Rosenfeld ’09 was prominently featured in New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff’s May 11th op-ed piece for her volunteer work raising funds to build an elementary school in rural Cambodia.